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Meetings at CGM during 1999

Date
#
Topics/Activities
1999‑05‑21
6
The last official meeting of Out & Proud as moderated by Jim Bretz. Out & Proud was nearing it's 6th anniversary when it nearly disbanded on this night. After the meeting, 4 of us decide to return the following week to discuss where to go from here.
1999‑05‑28
4
A month-long discussion began tonight with the following question: Although Out & Proud could attract new faces, it had a lot of trouble keeping them. Why? Early favorites: the group was too cliquey and the meeting space, too dreary. We decide tonight that we'll meet once every 2 weeks.
1999‑06‑11
6
Continuation of the discussion on what we can do to change the "Out & Proud" formula so that the new guys actually want to return. With 3 new guys joining us (Jeremy was in Japan this week), the group returns to meeting each week.
1999‑06‑25
7
We continue to brainstorm on how to improve the culture of support group meetings. We also decide that more social activities will be helpful. We begin to realize that we are moving well beyond the the "Out & Proud" formula, so the name will have to go, as we are the Phoenix rising out of the old group's ashes.
1999‑07‑09
8
Another new member joins us and we settle for a while at 8. We decide to host a potluck every month at the home of a member. Ray will go first, opening his home on August 28 (our group will double in size because of it).
1999‑08‑06
8
We decide that we are definitely a hybrid support and social group. We still need a name and a moderator.
1999‑08‑13
8
Tonight the group voted that Jeremy would be the moderator, much to his astonishment.
1999‑08‑20
11
Jeremy's first meeting as moderator. He announces that he's going to create a contact list so that attendees can contact each other outside of the meeting. All attendees sign up.
1999‑08‑27
12
Jeremy invites the attendees to embrace that this is a brand new group and submit names ahead of the next meeting. Stu will submit 25 names, the third of which is Capital Gay Men.
1999‑09‑03
15
Several new faces from the August potluck attend their first Friday meeting and help us select "Capital Gay Men" as our permanent name. The second place finisher was "Capital Gay Guys," and the award for most creative name went to "Live Gay or Die!" The contact list has 13 names after tonight.
1999‑09‑10
16
One regular attendee showed up dressed as a crash test dummy. He didn't intend to give a lecture tonight, but at the end of the meeting someone noted (seriously) that they learned a lot from a dummy.
1999‑09‑17
17
Unfortunately, only spotty records exist of many meetings held through May of the following year. Throughout this time, most meetings would have been open discussions, as Jeremy slowly became comfortable with the role of moderator.
1999‑10‑01
18
The group adopts its first logo, which is an altered State House dome as used by the Concord Monitor, with a couple of changes: pink light emanating from within, and the eagle replaced with a rainbow flag.
1999‑10‑08
15
Jeremy announced that he built a website for the group. It would take another year before we had our own domain, though.
1999‑11‑05
16
Our final meeting above Foodee’s was mostly a business affair, tying up the loose ends: do we have a key to the new place? Should we send a thank you to One, NH for allowing us use of the space rent free? (Definitely yes.) We had time left over to discuss a couple of topics: coming out and the Millennium March in Washington D.C.
1999‑11‑12
17
Our first meeting at our new home, the Unitarian Universalist Church in Concord. Tonight we discussed, appropriately enough, religion and spirituality.
1999‑11‑19
21
Although CGM is growing, we started to discuss outreach efforts, including drafting a letter to send to gay-friendly therapists and counselors around the state. We also discussed how someone can spin-off a sponsored group. Our first such group was born tonight: the CGM reading club, which will meet for the first time in February.
1999‑11‑26
24
Our first movie night: Kiss Me Guido.
1999‑12‑03
28
Open discussion on HIV, honesty, and Russian culture.
1999‑12‑10
21
The group agreed on a "mission statement" tonight, in preparation for our mass mailing party. The letter introduces CGM to all the gay-friendly therapists and counselors in NH.
1999‑12‑17
8
Mass mailing party and movie night: Peyton Place. This was the last meeting of 1999.

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